Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/29/11
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Vincent Lecavalier had a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, Steven Stamkos got his 23rd of the season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Thursday night. Lecavalier gave Tampa Bay, which trailed 3-2 after two periods, the 4-3 advantage on a rebound goal at 8:37. Tampa Bay also got goals from JT Wyman and Marc-Andre Bergeron. The Lightning have won four of six. Michael Cammalleri, David Desharnais and Erik Cole scored for the Canadiens, who have lost six of seven. Rookie defenseman Raphael Diaz had two assists, giving him five in the past two games. Bergeron got the Lightning even at 3 at 2:32 of the third when his shot from the blue line eluded goalie Carey Price. The defenseman's first goal in 21 games was upheld after a video review was inconclusive in determining if the shot was deflected into the net by a high stick. Montreal went up 2-1 on Desharnais' goal from the right circle at 5:01 of the second. After Cole's in-close goal 12:46 into the second against Mathieu Garon, Wyman cut the Lightning deficit to 3-2 with 2:22 remaining on his first NHL goal. Wyman's goal, which trickled between Price's pads, also underwent a video review. Stamkos put the Lightning ahead 1-0 on a nifty re-direction of Pavel Kubina's long-range shot at 3:43 of the first. The center had two goals in Tuesday night's 5-1 win over Philadelphia. Cammalleri tied it at 1 during a power play with 11:18 left in the first. Montreal entered the game with the second-worst power play in the NHL. NOTES: Tampa Bay D Victor Hedman didn't play due to an upper-body injury, and will have his status evaluated on Friday. ... C Tomas Plekanec played in his 508th game with Montreal, tying him with Bert Olmstead for 56th on the team list. ... Lightning D Matt Gilroy returned after missing four games because of a lower-body injury. ... Tampa Bay recalled D Evan Oberg for the fifth time this month from Norfolk of the AHL. He has not yet played for the Lightning. ... The Lightning signed Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a two-year, two-way contract. The forward is playing for Norfolk.
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